Extraction and Broomfield have been working to reduce truck trips to the different well pads as the well drilling and production processes continue.
Extraction and Broomfield have been working to reduce truck trips to the different well pads as the well drilling and production processes continue. Truck traffic to and from the sites has been identified as the greatest risk to the community’s health and safety through the drilling and development phases. To remove approximately 690 truck trips to the sites, the City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider at a Special City Council Meeting on August 13, an agreement to sell Extraction limited water from its water system for use in the drilling phase only, at each well pad. If the sale is approved, the water will be delivered to each well pad site using lay-flat hose, eliminating the truck trips currently used to deliver clean water to the sites.
If the agreement is approved, the water will be used for the drilling and mixing of cement for the construction of well casings to prevent contamination of aquifers as the drilling and removal of minerals occurs. During drilling and construction of the well casings and to assure their physical integrity, Extraction needs consistently clean water. The ditch water they have purchased from others for use in their Broomfield operations does not provide the consistency of water quality necessary for the drilling and the cement to be used in constructing the well casing. Because of this concern, Extraction has been trucking in clean water for the drilling phase.